Letter from the Editor:
Of the three contests The Artist’s Magazine sponsors, our Over 60 Art Competition is my favorite. Looking at the more than 3,000 impressive entries this year and talking to the irrepressible winners (ranging in age from 61 to 76) who are joyfully reinventing their lives, I was reminded of May Sarton’s meditation on growing older: “On the edge of old age myself (Sarton was 66 at the time), I sense that we may be ‘newborn spirits’ (as in Keats’s “Endymion”) at any moment, if we have courage. Old age is not an illness; it is a timeless ascent. As power diminishes, we grow more toward the light.” We thank all the radiant artists who shared their work with us, as we congratulate the 10 stellar winners (John P. Smolko’s Eddie No. 1 (Marine) graces our cover); read their stories in “At Their Peak,” in this issue.
In this March issue, you’ll also find Douglas Flynt’s classical techniques as they apply to the composition of still life (“Slow & Steady”); Paul Fenniak’s brilliant visions and revisions of haunted suburbia (“Details of the Mystery”); Melanie Daniel’s buoyant evocations of inner and outer worlds (“The Hybrid Landscape of the Heart”) and Jannene Behl’s serene landscapes of the Pacific Coast (“California Dreaming”).” In addition, Michael De Brito shows how he creates a portrait with multiple figures by sketching each subject first (Drawing Board), and Michael Chesley Johnson offers a thorough lesson in oil painting grounds (Brushing Up). Finally, Jerry N. Weiss takes a close look at Théodore Géricault’s last work, completed on his deathbed—a drawing of the artist’s taut and still powerful hand (Master Class).—Maureen Bloomfield
Browse these bonus online articles from the March 2012 issue of The Artists Magazine.
Winners of the Over 60 Art Competition
• See photos of the artists who won the 2011 competition. And take a look at the pictures that won last year’s contest.
Grounds for Oil Paintings
• Michael Chesley Johnson demonstrates how applying a clear ground can help create color harmony.
Paul Fenniak’s Intuitive Process
• Read the unabridged version of Paul Fenniak’s step-by-step demonstration, and learn more about his intent for and process in his painting Birthday.
• Click here to view more of Fenniak’s paintings, in which he make small shifts away from reality to tell stories strange and true.
More Pictures by Jannene Behl
• See how Jannene Behl works with color temperature as well as value in her landscapes.
Master Class: The Artist’s Left Hand
View reproductions of Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa and Goya’s Third of May.
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